The Ice Dragon – George RR Martin

Adara liked the winter best of all, for when the world grew cold the ice dragon came.

The Ice Dragon is a children’s fable from the author of A Song of Fire and Ice. Like his more famous work, this doesn’t shy away from the darker side of life, with the horror of war spelled out in missing limbs as soldiers return from the front, and the children’s delight in playing with ice lizards leading to the poor creatures melting.

Only one child can safely handle the delicate creatures: Adara, born in winter and a child well suited to the ice and cold. But her joy in bonding with the ice dragon is at odds with its effect on her family’s land.

This is a short, read-in-an-hour kind of tale, with a slim storyline and some lovely illustrations (sadly ill served by my old kindle!). I love the imagery of the frost dragon, and the fact that it doesn’t shy away from de-glorifying war. But if you’re looking for a slice of A Dance with Dragons, this isn’t the place to find it.

Kindle: 112 pages / 8 chapters (plus illustrations)
First published: 1980
Reading on 20th September 2015

My rating: 6/10

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